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WHO Western Pacific Region leads partner efforts to strengthen capacity towards scaling up programmatic response to drug-resistant TB

12 April 2019 | Geneva: Following the release of the 2018 WHO consolidated guidelines on the treatment of drug-resistant tuberculosis, the Western Pacific Regional Office (WPRO) of WHO through its Green Light Committee (GLC) mechanism organized a consultant training workshop held from 27-29 March 2019 in Sydney, Australia. A total of 25 experts were equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, including practical problem-solving, diplomacy and cultural competencies to ensure delivery of high quality support and constructive communication at all levels within the TB programme and government in line with WHO standards.

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Accelerating action to end the TB and HIV epidemics in the Western Pacific Region

The WHO Regional Office of the Western Pacific Region organised a ‘Joint TB and HIV programme managers meeting' to bring together key stakeholders to accelerate action to end the dual epidemics of TB and HIV in the region. 

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Improving TB patient care in the Russian Federation with video-observed treatment

To help tuberculosis (TB) patients keep to their gruelling treatment regimens, WHO recommends that the intake of medicines is observed, in person, by a health-care worker, to support the patient in taking the medication regularly. However, ensuring daily face-to-face contact at a health facility can be challenging for both patients and health service providers. Digital technologies, such as video-observed treatment (VOT) can help meet this challenge.

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Call for contribution to the public consultation on the development of a global strategy for TB research and innovation

21 March 2019 | Geneva:The World Health Organization (WHO) has produced a draft Global Strategy for Tuberculosis (TB) Research and Innovation (Global Strategy) for consideration by the World Health Assembly (WHA) at its 73rd session. The draft Global Strategy is now available online for comment.

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Call for case studies and good practices on action on TB and comorbidities

In 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) will be developing a Framework for Action on TB and Comorbidities within the context of universal health coverage. Comorbidities addressed will include diabetes, mental illness, harmful use of drugs and alcohol, undernutrition, chronic respiratory diseases and lung cancer.

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WHO issues updated recommendations on TB infection prevention and control

The World Health Organization has just issued updated WHO guidelines on TB infection prevention and control. These guidelines outline a new evidence-based framework that promotes the implementation of an integrated package of Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) interventions based on administrative, engineering, and respiratory protection controls. This will contribute to cutting transmission and reducing the burden of TB illness and death to reach the global targets of the End TB Strategy and the political declaration of the UN High Level meeting on TB.

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A new digital platform for timely analysis and use of TB data

The WHO Global TB Program has developed and is supporting country implementation of a new digital platform to store, analyze and visualize national and subnational TB surveillance data. The platform will facilitate timely planning and programmatic action.

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New WHO recommendations to accelerate progress on TB

WHO issues new guidance to improve treatment of multidrug-resistant TB.

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WHO/Europe: New expert group on DR-TB to support more and better national research for treatment of resistant forms of TB

WHO has facilitated the creation of a new expert group on drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) to support Member States in improving their research on treatment. The areas of focus of the group, part of the WHO European Tuberculosis Research Initiative (ERI-TB), were agreed at a planning meeting in Vienna, Austria, on 22 February 2019.

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ECDC-WHO report: TB surveillance and monitoring in Europe 2019

Every hour 30 people are diagnosed with TB in the European Region. It’s time to make TB a disease of the past.

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